Events

San Francisco Mime Troupe

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Paul Emery Music and the Miners Foundry will present the San Francisco Mime Troupe in an outdoor twilight concert on Friday, August 28, 2015.  The San Francisco Mime Troupe will open their 56th Season with “Freedomland”, written by Michael Gene Sullivan with music and lyrics by Ira Marlowe.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m., music begins at 7:00 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theatre of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience. SFMT makes sense of the headlines by identifying the forces shaping our lives and dramatizing the operation of these giant forces in small, close-up stories that make audiences feel the impact of political events on personal life.

A door is blown off its hinges!  Into a blasted room of scarred walls and shattered windows, armed with M-16s, America’s bravest duck and dodge for cover, finally training their deadly gun sights on… an old black man watching TV on his couch?  This isn’t Baghdad or Kandahar, it’s home, and for ex-Black Panther Malcolm Haywood, it’s just another wrong door police raid in the War on Drugs.  So of course Malcolm is horrified when the grandson he’s tried to protect, Nathaniel, returns from serving in Afghanistan only to find another war zone at home, and one where young Black men like Nathaniel are in the cross hairs!  Meanwhile, the Mayor and the Police Chief – one desperate for votes, the other desperate to fund his militarized police force – ramp up the fear (and their shiny new tank) to fight the newest drug threat to America.  Worse than weed, meth, coke, crack, or crank, it’s… SNORF!!  And of course, the SNORF trade is centered in the darkest part of town.

Are the police of out control?  What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?  Is Malcolm’s neighbor Lluis (an undocumented immigrant) actually a SNORF-lord?  And can Malcolm convince his grandson that it’s safer to re-up and fight overseas than to try to survive here at home, in Freedomland?

 

 

Reader’s Theatre

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The Miners Foundry presents Reader’s Theatre on Sunday, July 12, 2015.  Readers Theatre is Story Time for Grown Ups, or Theatre of the Mind, and gained popularity during  World War II when large stage plays were too expensive to produce.  Using minimal props, the actor and your imagination illustrate the story.

This installment of Readers Theatre will feature stories by Susan Straight, Mona Simpson, Kevin Brockmeier, Emily Ishem Raboteau, and Tobias Wolff.  Local professionals generously volunteering their time for this production include Director Tim O’Connor, and Actors Renee Sprattling, Reinette Senum, David Iorns, Sharon Winegar, and Bruce Kelly.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the show begins at 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch C0-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

MarchFourth!

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MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment – a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers, and artisans who travel the world year round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization.  This show features special guests, Sepiatonic.

Production Schedule

7:30 p.m.  Doors Open
8:30 p.m.  Sepiatonic
9:30 p.m. MarchFourth!

 

With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers, and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma!

This is not a band that simply “puts on a show”.  MarchFourth! delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience for those who are lucky enough to be in attendance.

Emerging from the emerald twilight of Portland, OR, Sepiatonic’s work represents it’s hometown’s unique, innovative, and sometimes quirky energy. Having looked back in time to the historic roots of vaudeville and forward to the booty-shaking horizons of electronic dance music, Sepiatonic’s producers have found home in a junction of both worlds. Larger than life characters, belly dance, and variety acts bring to life the soundscape of original electronic and live music on stage.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $22 for Advance General  Admission, $26 for General Admission at the Door, and $32 for Limited Reserve.  General Admission patrons are not guaranteed a seat.  Limited Reserve includes cabaret seating.  Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Get The Led Out

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From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. Such venerable club venues include Penn’s Peak, Electric Factory, Best Buy Theater, HOB Boston, Fillmore Charlotte and Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore. PACs include the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, Count Basie Theater, Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Kravis Center, Durham Performing Arts Center, Lynn Memorial Theater, The Palace in Greensburg and many more. The band will make their first appearance at Red Rocks in Denver in the fall of 2014!

Get The Led Out’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliche as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

A Get The Led Out concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of “The Mighty Zep.” Whether it’s the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it’s their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $27 for Advance General  Admission, $32 for General Admission at the Door, and $37 for Limited Reserve.  General Admission patrons are not guaranteed a seat.  Limited Reserve includes seating.  Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

DANK “Cinema” Opening Reception

DANK, the seven-person artists collective based in Nevada City, is proud to present their new show, “Cinema,” at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, featuring work inspired by favorite films and filmmakers. The exhibition, which runs from September 4 to October 4, is a collaboration with the Nevada City Film Festival (also at the Miners Foundry, September 10 – 12), and aims to give both events richer context and depth. The opening reception for “Cinema” on Saturday, September 12, 5 – 9 pm, will include paintings, collages, installations, live music, and video that challenge the idea that film is not art. The party, with a no-host bar, is free and open to the public.

Sheila Cameron

Sheila Cameron

 

DANK artist and exhibition curator, Celine Adrianna Negrete, conceived the show in response to the collective’s interest in working with different themes. “’Cinema’ was the first thing that popped into my mind,” says Negrete, “because film is my most-loved art form. And I was curious to see what the concept would spark in the DANK artists. I’m also interested in the bigger conversation of lack of funding for film within the arts community. To me film as art is self-evident, but when comparing support for it to opera or ballet, for example, there is a noticeable dearth that perpetuates bias and widens the gap. A show like this can re-frame that bias, and that is exciting to me.”

Roseanne Burke

Roseanne Burke

 

All the DANK artists address the theme from different perspectives. For example, Sheila Cameron is interested in David Lynch’s iconic imagery and his ability to elicit feelings of dread within the familiar. Roseanne Burke is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” and by the director’s history of referencing art in all his films. Nancy Nelson, working from Deepa Mehta’s film “Water,” explores misogyny and the ostracism of women in rural India. Other artists will include Cynthia Levesque, Moira McLaughlin, and Joe Meade.

Nancy Nelson

Nancy Nelson

“DANK is thrilled to be collaborating with the Nevada City Film Festival and Festival Director Jesse Locks,” says McLaughlin. “We are so inspired by the passion for film that bubbles up in our town every year and feel honored to be included in the festivities.”

DANK is a seven member artists collective in Nevada City, California interested in post-Great Recession social issues, contemporary art, and community-based, experimental happenings. The name DANK comes from the smell of wet wood that permeates the Gold Rush town situated on the banks of Deer Creek in the Sierra Foothills.  It’s also a nod to one of the area’s premier exports, cannabis, and an acronym for Do Art Now Kids.

DANK “Cinema”

DANK, the seven-person artists collective based in Nevada City, is proud to present their new show, “Cinema,” at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, featuring work inspired by favorite films and filmmakers. The exhibition, which runs from September 4 to October 4, is a collaboration with the Nevada City Film Festival (also at the Miners Foundry, September 10 – 12), and aims to give both events richer context and depth.

Sheila Cameron

Sheila Cameron

 

DANK artist and exhibition curator, Celine Adrianna Negrete, conceived the show in response to the collective’s interest in working with different themes. “’Cinema’ was the first thing that popped into my mind,” says Negrete, “because film is my most-loved art form. And I was curious to see what the concept would spark in the DANK artists. I’m also interested in the bigger conversation of lack of funding for film within the arts community. To me film as art is self-evident, but when comparing support for it to opera or ballet, for example, there is a noticeable dearth that perpetuates bias and widens the gap. A show like this can re-frame that bias, and that is exciting to me.”

Roseanne Burke

Roseanne Burke

 

All the DANK artists address the theme from different perspectives. For example, Sheila Cameron is interested in David Lynch’s iconic imagery and his ability to elicit feelings of dread within the familiar. Roseanne Burke is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” and by the director’s history of referencing art in all his films. Nancy Nelson, working from Deepa Mehta’s film “Water,” explores misogyny and the ostracism of women in rural India. Other artists will include Cynthia Levesque, Moira McLaughlin, and Joe Meade.

Nancy Nelson

Nancy Nelson

“DANK is thrilled to be collaborating with the Nevada City Film Festival and Festival Director Jesse Locks,” says McLaughlin. “We are so inspired by the passion for film that bubbles up in our town every year and feel honored to be included in the festivities.”

DANK is a seven member artists collective in Nevada City, California interested in post-Great Recession social issues, contemporary art, and community-based, experimental happenings. The name DANK comes from the smell of wet wood that permeates the Gold Rush town situated on the banks of Deer Creek in the Sierra Foothills.  It’s also a nod to one of the area’s premier exports, cannabis, and an acronym for Do Art Now Kids.

Open Call ~ Nevada City Winter Craft Fair

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The Nevada City Craft Fair is now accepting applications for the 2015 Winter Craft Fair, to be held Sunday, December 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at the Miners Foundry.  Applications will be accepted now through October 28, 2015, and vendors will be notified of their acceptance by November 1st.

Questions?  Please contact Naomi at nccraftfair@gmail.com

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We are taking applications for:

Food / Beverage Vendors
Designer Clothing
Handbags
Jewelry
Housewares
Knit Items
Paper Goods
Vintage
Patterns
Children’s Items
Ceramics
Bath Products
Artisan / Gourmet Food
Furniture
Art / Prints
Sewn Accessories … and more!

“Art”

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Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry will present Arton Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  “Art”, written by Yasmina Reza, directed by Jeffrey Mason, and featuring Paul Micsan, T.E. Wolfe, and Scott Young, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Three longtime friends find their friendship challenged when one of them indulges a penchant for modern art by spending a fortune on a very expensive – and very white – painting.  The purchase prompts the friends to explore – and disagree – about what constitutes “art”.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are a $10 suggested donation, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, at Briar Patch Co-Op or at the door.  Ticketing fees may apply.

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Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

 

Israel Vibration & Roots Radics

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The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, in association with Jah Mikey One, Good Vibes Security, and Git Split Records, is proud to present Israel Vibration and Roots Radics in a local stop on the Play It Real Tour on Thursday, October 15, 2015.  This all ages show features a celebration of music, food, drink, and vendors.  Jah Mikey One and DJ Redlocks will provide pre-show music.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the music starting at 8:00 p.m.  This is a standing show.  Patrons are not guaranteed a seat.  Tickets are $25.00 in Advance and $30.00 at the Door.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Israel Vibration is an iconic reggae group formed in the 1970’s, hailing from Kingston, Jamaica.  Israel Vibration’s career shows no signs of slowing, and the group has firmly carved a secure niche out of what once seemed an impenetrable surface. Their popularity assured, they remain a vibrant live act and an always intriguing studio group.

Roots Radics are the premier session band in Jamaica. In addition to touring and recording as Gregory Isaac’s backup band, the group has collaborated with a lengthy list of artists including Bunny Wailer, Israel Vibration, Sugar Minott, the Wailing Souls, On-U-Sounds, Creation Rebel, and Prince Far-I.

 

Fright Night 2015

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Fright Night, Nevada City’s Halloween tradition returns to the Miners Foundry on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  Fright Night 2015 features music by Achilles Wheel, The Soft Bombs, and Scary Little Friends plus food and drinks available for purchase and a live costume contest with cash prizes.   Don’t miss the creative presentations by the Motion Graphic Artists of the Nevada City Film Festival, back by popular demand.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in Advance and $30 at the Door, and are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

 

Fright Night FAQs

 

Event Schedule (times are approximate)

 

FrightNight8:30 p.m.  | Doors Open

8:30 p.m.  | Costume Contest Registration (Foyer)

8:45 p.m. | Scary Little Friends (Stone Hall)

9:00 p.m.  | Achilles Wheel (Osborn/Woods Hall)

10:00 p.m.  | Costume Contest Registration Closes (Foyer)

10:15 p.m.  | Motion Graphic Artists (Osborn/Woods Hall)

10:30 p.m  | Costume Contest (Osborn/Woods Hall)

10:45 p.m  | The Soft Bombs (Stone Hall)

11:00 p.m.  | Achilles Wheel (Osborn/Woods Hall)

 

The Bands!

Achilles Wheel Photo New

Achilles Wheel is a high energy Roots and World music/Rock and Roll band from Northern California, featuring award winning songwriting played on numerous stringed instruments and more drums than you can shake a stick at.  The quality of the band’s songwriting combined with stunning musicianship earned them spots at last year’s California Worldfest, The Strawberry Music festival, The Redwood Mountain Faire, The Redwood Ramble, Dead On The Creek, Railroad Earth’s Hangtown Halloween and a sold out show at Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico, California.  2015 promises to be a busy year for AW with the release of their third studio recording.  If you love to dance and celebrate life, come see an Achilles Wheel show and make a joyful noise.

 

The Soft Bombs

Offering drivingly danceable rhythms, hard pumping bass, and hypnotically addictive blends of psych, kaleidoscopic electrophonic melodies, The Soft Bombs are at once retro and distinctly forward-looking. The band’s live shows are enhanced by colorful projections and extended dance-improvs that whip the audience into a frenzy.  The Soft Bombs continue to wow audiences up and down the west coast with their unique brand of rock and roll.

 

Scary Little Friends

Based in San Francisco with underlying southern soul roots, strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of Scary Little Friends.  Scary Little Friend’s live shows combine an understated professionalism with raw talent. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. No gimmicks, no tricks. Just great songs about what you were thinking but couldn’t say.

 

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Costume Contest Rules

1.  Register the evening of Fright Night at the event.  The $5 registration fee includes one complimentary drink coupon.
2.  First prize will receive $175, Second prize will receive $125, Third prize will receive $75, and the People’s Choice Award will receive $125.  All winners will also receive free entry for Fright Night 2016.
3.  Costumes will be judged on Originality, Quality of Construction, and WOW Factor.
4.  No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed.
5.  No electrical power connections will be provided.  If your costume requires power, it must be part of the costume design.
6.  Groups are considered one entry and winners will be awarded one prize to share.

Thank you to the 2015 Costume Contest Sponsors!

SpiritHouse Import Gallery
Cult of Gemini
Tribal Weaver
Gray Goose
Fudenjuce
Serendipity
Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery
Reiki Kitchen
Elixart
Robin’s On The Avenue
Cafe Mekka
Yuba Blue

Readers Theatre

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The Miners Foundry presents Readers Theatre on Sunday, October 4, 2015.  Readers Theatre is Story Time for Grown Ups, or Theatre of the Mind, and gained popularity during  World War II when large stage plays were too expensive to produce.  Using minimal props, the actor and your imagination illustrate the story.

This installment of Readers Theatre will feature stories by Zadie Smith, O.A. Lindsey, Will Mackin, Lorrie Moore, and Bret Anthony Johnston.  Local professionals generously volunteering their time for this production include Director Tim O’Connor, and Actors David Iorns, Gaylie Bell-Stewart, Lindsay Dunckel, Kimberly Ewing, and Bruce Kelly.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the show begins at 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch C0-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Karl Denson’s Fantastic Fall Tour

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The Miners Foundry is pleased to welcome Karl Denson’s Fantastic Fall Tour, fresh off the Rolling Stones’ Zip Code Tour!  For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor.  Nowhere has this been more apparent than with his band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know when KDTU is in town, a dance party will ensue.  This is a dancing concert, patrons are not guaranteed a seat.  Featuring special guest Euforquestra, doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in Advance and $30 at the Door, plus ticketing fees.

In anticipation of an upcoming release in early 2016, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is embarking on a nationwide tour to give new and old fans the chance to experience what is highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet.   Approaching two decades strong, KDTU is a prolific touring juggernaut regularly performing over 150 shows annually.  Denson himself is an acclaimed and highly in-demand saxophonist and songwriter who first came to nation attention as a member of Lenny Kravitz’s Let Love Rule-era group and is currently a member of The Rolling Stones touring band.

 

Euforquestra

 

Euforquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria + orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified, featuring an ever-evolving sound influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket, and groove.  For a decade, the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae, and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances, and melts in your ear with sheer bliss.” ~ Chris M. Slawecki, AllAboutJazz.com